In Greek mythology, Persephone ( /pərˈsɛfəniː/ in modern English; also called Kore) was the Queen of the Underworld, the korē (or young maiden), and a daughter of Demeter and Zeus. Persephone had a double function as a chthonic and vegetation goddess. In the Olympian version, she becomes the consort of Hades when he becomes the deity that governs the underworld. She is also the symbol of vegetation which shoots forth in spring and the power of which withdraws into the earth at other seasons of the year. In the myth when Hades abducted her in the underworld, her mother Demeter caused a terrible drought and Zeus allowed her to return to her mother, but she was obliged to spend one season annually in the underworld. Her central myth was the context of the secret initiatory mysteries rites in the Eleusinian mysteries where she was worshipped alongside with her mother Demeter. These mysteries promised to the participants a reward in the future life.
Read more on Persephone


Barren Earth
Hair Brushes

Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

View Full Profile


  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully done,magical as always.Love it

  • I have been working on this all day, hardly keep my eyes open so thank you for your comment before bed Terrie, so pleased you enjoyed it! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    Your welcome, work well done. So get some rest.

  • main1
    main1almost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Marleia! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    This is such beautiful work Vanessa, amazing.

  • Thanks Andrea, was wonderful to create this one! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • michellerena
    michellerenaalmost 4 years ago

    Oh wow this is gorgeous, thanks for adding me as your inspiration

  • No worries, I LOVE the hair brushes! Thank you so much for your comment mate! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful lady and composition!

  • Thanks for enjoying it James, much appreciated! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Caroline Angell
    Caroline Angellalmost 4 years ago

    A lovely piece Vanessa :O))

  • Hello dear Caroline! What a delight to see you here browsing my works, I was like a madwoman yesterday making this, lol, thank you!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaalmost 4 years ago

    You are sooooo good at this Vanessa. It is just magnificent. I hope you have great success with it because you deserve it.

  • Thank you so much Ralph! It was a real delight to create as Greek myth is a fave with me! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on feature, 16/02/2011…Shirley

  • Oh wow Shirley, how fantastic! Thank you for this Feature, much appreciated! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 4 years ago

    It is so lovely and another almost the same, so I guess both were done in the same studio. Beautiful picture. Shirley

  • It helps to have a gorgeous stock photo to start with! Thank you so much Shirley :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.